New Zealand

We’re due to arrive in New Zealand on 18th January 2011. Our route starts at ShelterBox NZ’s base in Mosgiel near Dunedin and takes us to Auckland. For maps of our route, click on: South Island or North Island.

Below are where we aim to stop, estimated arrival dates and cycling distance – plus planned talks or other events.


Christchurch – Tuesday 18th January (Arriving by plane from England). BBQ event with Hornby Rotary Club (Weds 19th)

Mosgiel – Thursday 20th: Meeting with ShelterBox New Zealand board members.

Dunedin – Friday 21st  (13 miles): Talk to residents of Chatsford Retirement Village, Mosgiel; interview with Taieri Herald

Moeraki – Saturday 22nd (54 miles)

Waimate – Sunday 23rd (44 miles): BBQ with members of Waimate Rotary Club

Temuka – Monday 24th (54 miles): Meeting of Temuka-Geraldine Rotary Club, interview with Timaru Herald

Geraldine – Tuesday 25th (15 miles)

Mt Somers – Wednesday 26th (32 miles)

Glentunnel – Thursday 27th (38 miles)

Christchurch – Friday 28th (40 miles): ShelterBox display and tent erecting contest in Cathedral Square (Saturday)

Waipara – Sunday 30th (47 miles)

Hanmer Springs – Monday 31st (50 miles)

Marble Hill – Tuesday 1st February (56 miles)

Reefton – Wednesday 2nd (31 miles): Talk to Reefton Rotary Club, lunch with American tour group, newspaper interview.

Murchison – Saturday 5th (56 miles)

St Arnaud – Sunday 6th (38 miles)

Nelson – Monday 7th (54 miles): Meeting of Rutherford Rotary Club, interview with Nelson Mail. 

Havelock – Wednesday 9th (51 miles)

Wellington – Thursday 10th (25 miles):

Tawa – Friday 11th (14 miles): Talk to Rotary Club of Courtenay Place, Wellington.

Upper Hutt – Saturday 12th (22 miles): Interview with 2ZB radio.

Greytown – Sunday 13th (33 miles): Talk to joint meeting of Wairarapa Rotary Clubs (South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton South.

Pahiatua – Monday 14th (57 miles): Interview with Wairarapa Times Age newspaper, presentation to Pahiatua Rotary Club.

Dannevirke – Tuesday 15th (35 miles): Presentation to Dannevirke Rotary Club

Taradale – Wednesday 16th (76 miles): Presentation to Greenmeadows Rotary Club (Weds) and Taradale Rotary Club (Thurs). Interview with Hawkes Bay Today newspaper.

Napier – Friday 18th (13 miles):  Photocall with Mayor of Napier, interviews with Nelson Mail and Nelson Classic Hits radio.

Tawera – Sunday 20th

Taupo – Monday 21st: Presentation to Taupo Moana Rotary Club. Talk to Taupo Intermediate School (Tues).

Rotorua – Tuesday 22nd (51 miles): Interview with Rotorua Daily Post

Tauranga – Wednesday 23rd (51 miles): Presentation to Tauranga Rotary Club (Weds). Talks to Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club and Tauranga Girls College (Thurs). Interview with with local newspaper.

Waihi – Friday 25th (38 miles): Talk to Waihi Rotary Club.

Thames – Saturday 26th (33 miles): ShelterBox Display at Thames Tug-of-War Competition. BBQ with members of Thames Rotary Club.

Manukau City – Sunday 27th (63 miles)

Auckland – Monday 28th (35 miles): Talks to Manukau Sunrise Rotary Club and Elim Christian College (Tues), presentation to international students at IH Auckland.

Fly to Brisbane – Wednesday 2nd March



  1. Nice! I will be in NZ too, from November until mid-February. Maybe I will bump into you again! The scenery there is to die for, and I hear cycling is the best way to see it.

  2. Hi Huw
    Sorry it has taken so long to reply to you.
    Looking forward to meeting with you in February 2nd in Reefton.
    Thought we might invite Greymouth, Hokitika & Westport clubs to Reefton to meet with you for a kiwi BBQ meal.

    Regards Len (Reefton Rotary Group)

  3. Hi again from Greytown, NZ,
    Hope you are enjoying your Christmas break. We are so looking forward to seeing you in Greytown on 13 Feb 11. We are planning on meeting you in Featherston and riding with you into Greytown. The South Wairarapa clubs are also looking forward to hosting you and listening to your talk at our club meeting on that Sunday evening. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable ride throughout NZ.
    Tony Waygood
    South Wairarapa Rotary Club

    • Hello Tony,
      We’re really looking forward to it too… it’s gloomy, cold and wet in England and we can’t wait to get back on the road again!

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